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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] mm/frame-vec: use FOLL_LONGTERM
On Sat, Oct 03, 2020 at 03:52:32PM -0700, John Hubbard wrote:
> On 10/3/20 2:45 AM, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> > On Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 12:39 AM John Hubbard <jhubbard@nvidia.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > On 10/2/20 10:53 AM, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> > > > For $reasons I've stumbled over this code and I'm not sure the change
> > > > to the new gup functions in 55a650c35fea ("mm/gup: frame_vector:
> > > > convert get_user_pages() --> pin_user_pages()") was entirely correct.
> > > >
> > > > This here is used for long term buffers (not just quick I/O) like
> > > > RDMA, and John notes this in his patch. But I thought the rule for
> > > > these is that they need to add FOLL_LONGTERM, which John's patch
> > > > didn't do.
> > >
> > > Yep. The earlier gup --> pup conversion patches were intended to not
> > > have any noticeable behavior changes, and FOLL_LONGTERM, with it's
> > > special cases and such, added some risk that I wasn't ready to take
> > > on yet. Also, FOLL_LONGTERM rules are only *recently* getting firmed
> > > up. So there was some doubt at least in my mind, about which sites
> > > should have it.
> > >
> > > But now that we're here, I think it's really good that you've brought
> > > this up. It's definitely time to add FOLL_LONGTERM wherever it's missing.
> >
> > So should I keep this patch, or will it collide with a series you're working on?
>
> It doesn't collide with anything on my end yet, because I've been slow to
> pick up on the need for changing callsites to add FOLL_LONGTERM. :)
>
> And it looks like that's actually a problem, because:
>
> >
> > Also with the firmed up rules, correct that I can also drop the
> > vma_is_fsdax check when the FOLL_LONGTERM flag is set?
>
> That's the right direction to go *in general*, but I see that the
> pin_user_pages code is still a bit stuck in the past. And this patch
> won't actually work, with or without that vma_is_fsdax() check.
> Because:
>
> get_vaddr_frames(FOLL_LONGTERM)
> pin_user_pages_locked()
> if (WARN_ON_ONCE(gup_flags & FOLL_LONGTERM))
> return -EINVAL;

There is no particular reason this code needs to have the mm sem at
that point.

It should call pin_user_pages_fast() and only if that fails get the mmap
lock and extract the VMA to do broken hackery.

Jason

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